Demonstration “Why Did Ousman Sey Die?”

As the No Border Camp in Cologne / Düsseldorf, we express our compassion for the family of Ousman
Sey and demand the thorough disclosure of the events which led
to his death in the morning of the 7th of July 2012.

We support the Dortmund call for the demonstration “why did Ousman Sey
die?” on the 20th of July at 06 pm, Dortmund HBF (central station) north
exit and will go from the camp to Dortmund.


Why did Ousman Sey die? – Call for Demonstration: 20th of July 6pm,
Dortmund HBF (Central Station) north exit

In the morning of the 7th July 2012 Ousman Sey, a 45 year old of Gambian
origin, died in police custody in Dortmund. Before being taken into
police custody, Sey called an ambulance twice, because he was not
feeling well. After approaching at his flat for the first time, the
paramedics diagnosed palpitations but expressed that there was no need
for him to be taken to hospital. When calling an ambulance for the
second time half an hour later, according to his brother, he was
suffering from convulsions. Allegedly he started “vandalizing” his own
flat. Therefore police forces arrived at Ousman Seys flat simultaneously
with the paramedics. They attested for the second time, that there was
no need for Sey to be taken to hospital and that an examination by the
police physician in custody would be enough. This happened, even though
a nurse living in the same house, tried to convince the police and
paramedics that Ousman Sey neads to be taken to hospital immediately.

After arriving in police custody, Ousman Sey collapsed and died of
breathing arrest short time later in a hospital, according to statements
of the authorities. Relatives and friends of Sey uttered the suspicion
in a local newspaper that the police and the paramedics did not render
assistance due to racist motives.
As expected, the heads of Dortmund police department and of the
ambulance and fire department, Norbert Wesseler and Dirk Aschenbrenner,
directly repudiated those allegations – without any further
investigation. Racism would neither have a place in an ambulance of the
fire department nor in the police, and racism by no means would have any
influence on the action of paramedics and police forces.

We doubt that!
Until now it is unclear, whether the wrongdoing of police and paramedics
is a case of not rendering assistance due to racist motives – or „only“
due to a dangerous incompetence. This has to be investigated.

The statements, there was no racism in police and fire department are
more than clearly wrong and show a defensive demeanor, that lets a
consequent investigation seem unlikely. German police officers act
racist on a daily basis. The everyday practice of so called „racial
profiling“ regularly puts black people in the focus of police controls.
This way black people in Germany experience a recurring institutional
discrimination. Furthermore, the case of Oury Jalloh who died in police
custody in Dessau in 2005 is a well known example for the deadly racism
of German police authorities. Police violence, that gives room for
suspicions of a racist background is nothing new in Dortmund as well:
2006 Dominique Koumadio was shot multiple times by a police officer from
a distance of a few meters, because he was carrying a knife. According
to the police, this happend in self-defence.
There is racism in the fire department and among paramedics as well as
in all parts of society. The predecessor of head of fire department
Aschenbrenner lost his job as chief of the local „Institute for
Firefighter- and Rescue-Technology“ over the discovery of his contacts
to Dortmunds militant neonazis-scene.

Racism is not only a phenomenon of the far right or amongst „uneducated“
people! Racism is anchored in the „middle of society“ and determines the
action of public authorities way to often!

We demand a fully legal investigation of the wrongdoing of police and
paramedics, although this seems unlikely given the institutional racism
among those authorities!

Furthermore, we ask:

How can a man, obviously needing medical aid, be taken into police
custody in hand-cuffs?

– Why did the paramedics not take Ousman Sey to a hospital, despite the
obvious signs of severe health problems?
– How can police and local press pathologize Ousman Sey as a „vandal“
and offender?
– Would chief of police Norbert Wesseler also be taken into police
custody when he had contacted an ambulance for the second time because
of having palpitations? Would he calmly remain seated if he were in fear
of death and denied medical aid?

Dortmunder Antifa-Bündnis, Transnationales Aktionsbündnis

We also want to advert to a call for donations to cover the costs for
the lawyer, the family of Ousman Sey mandated to investigate the
circumstances of his death:

Please transfer the money to the following bank account:

Reason for transfer: Ousman Sey

Account owner: Gambianischer Integrationshilfeverein e.V.

Sparkasse Dortmund

Account number: 0131019165

Bank code (BLZ) 44050199

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